Farewell to the Revit 2019 Extensions

Bad news for everyone who has been waiting for the next Revit 2019 Extensions release. Autodesk recently published the following statement concerning the fate of Revit Extensions:

As of April 20, 2018, Autodesk will not deliver Revit® Extensions for Autodesk® Revit® 2019. Instead, customers using the timber and reinforcement modeling extensions can easily migrate to alternative solutions delivered by technology partners.

Revit 2018 is the last version that supports Extensions.

For more info check out an article at Autodesk blogs.

Getting some data from Revit shared parameters with Dynamo

I recently ran into an issue with shared parameters that have the same name but different GUIDs. This happens when somebody creates the new shared parameter instead of using an existing one. And the difference between parameters’ GUIDs is a huge problem: Revit knows that these parameters are not the same by looking at the GUID.

Revit does not show parameter GUID unless you export this parameter to the txt file. And this may be a problem if you have tons of shared parameters loaded to the project.

So I thought that it would be a good idea to build a Dynamo script for reporting some information about shared parameters. Firstly I queried unique Ids for the shared parameters:

SharedParameters UniuqueId

Turns out, these Ids are not the GUIDs that I was looking for. This could be checked by opening the shared parameters txt file. That’s why I built a couple of custom nodes using the Revit API to extract data from shared parameters:

SharedParameters package update

The first one (called “SharedParameters.GUID“) extracts names and GUIDs from the shared parameters in the Revit project. These are the GUIDs that could be found in the shared parameters.txt file.

The second one (called “SharedParameters.Info“) extracts type, group, and unit type from shared parameters in the Revit project. This data may be useful for managing parameters (like sorting / grouping) in Dynamo.

Shared parameters nodes are included in the recent Zhukoven.com package update (2018.9.21 – see the downloads section).

Revit roadmap update – September 2018

Autodesk has just published an update for the public Revit roadmap. The updated document contains both new features that have already been implemented in the latest 2019.1 release, and plans for the future development.

We’ve add some major projects to our roadmap for this update.  We’ve decided that is time to start working on improvements to wall elements since walls are such a critical piece of the project. We are starting slowly with some more straight-forward improvements that have been on Revit Ideas, but behind the scenes will be working to make the data of walls more robust and better serve the future.  Our goal is to reduce the need for complex modeling tools (like in-place or massing) and provide better data for quantities and materials as you design for better understanding of the impact of design choices.

Read the full article at Autodesk blogs.

Rhino inside Revit is live on GitHub

It’s been a month since I wrote about the work-in-progress McNeel’s technology called “Rhino Inside”:  Will Rhino 7 run inside Revit? And now it is live on GitHub!

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The Rhino Inside technology allows Rhino and Grasshopper to be embedded within other products, including Revit and AutoCAD. This repository contains all the sample developer code for loading Rhino inside other 64-bit Windows applications.

Note that you’ll need to download Rhino WIP version to be able to play with Inside technology.

Download LOD 2018 Specification draft

This summer, the BIMForum released the 2018 Public Comment draft of its Level of Development (LOD) Specification. The previous version was introduced way back in 2016 and is also available for download from the BIMForum website.
The Level of Development (LOD) Specification is a reference that enables practitioners in the AEC Industry to specify and articulate with a high level of clarity the content and reliability of Building Information Models (BIMs) at various stages in the design and construction process.
This year’s update includes:
  • Part I – Added content (Escalators)
  • Part II – Attribute tabs have been modified

(click here to view the LOD Spec 2018 release notes)

The LOD Spec 2018 draft can be downloaded for free from the BIMForum website:
download part I (including the guide), download part II.

 

 

Revizto 4.8 released with a bunch of new features

Revizto is a real-time BIM issue tracking software that uses game engine to create interactive 3D environments for collaboration. Revizto supports Revit, Navisworks, AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, Civil 3D, Tekla, SketchUp, Rhino and IFC files converted into Revizto viewer.

And the recent update brings the following list of the new features:

  1. Issue Stamps. Accelerate your markup workflow with Issue Stamps. This new feature will enable you to identify project issues with a single click and automate the reporting and management of those issues.
  2. OBJ Import. Easily import your reality capture models into Revizto with the new OBJ Import tool.
  3. Bi-directional clash status synchronization with Navisworks. Enhance your clash detection process with bi-directional clash status synchronization between Revizto and Navisworks.
  4. Export to IFC. Ability to export Revizto projects to IFC format.
  5. High res images in the Issue Tracker. Revizto Issue Tracker now supports high resolution images up to 4K – including markups over both 3D and photos.
  6. Ruler in VR. Explore and define issues accurately with our new Ruler tool in Virtual Reality.
  7. Toggle between grids and levels of sub-models. Navigate your model even easier with the ability to toggle between grids and the levels of the sub-models in your project.
  8. Hebrew support for text input.

 

Check out the full article at the official Revizto blog.